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FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016

Another January weekend, another must-win Seahawks playoff game. Confident? Yep.

WEATHER

Rain returns Friday, should remain all weekend.

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TEL AVIV

Tired of movies and TV shows set in Seattle but filmed in Canada? How 'bout one set in (a post-dystopian) Seattle but filmed in New Zealand instead? (GeekWire)

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TO SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BREAST

Local music writer Chris Estey tells his life story of living in shelters and subsidized housing, while bonding with friends and neighbors over many kinds of music. (The Common Reader)

ART OF THE STATE

Becky Benaroya, 93, donated $14 million and 225 pieces of art collected by her and her late real-estate developer husband Jack. She gave it all to the Tacoma Art Museum, because it's more devoted to local artists than the Seattle Art Museum. (SeaTimes)

Making Seattle theater a little less lily-white. (Stranger)

The UW's starting to build a new Burke Museum building, though it doesn't yet have the funding to finish the project. (SeaTimes)

BERTHA, BUT…

Gov. Inslee ordered yet another halt to waterfront tunnel digging, until crews can figure what caused a sinkhole last week at freshly-dug ground. (KING)

WHY A DUCK?

Ride the Ducks is back on the streets today. The vehicles now have separate drivers and tour guides, and won't go on the Aurora Bridge. (KIRO-FM)

SWEEPS, STAKES

There aren't federal "sweeps" of undocumented-immigrant families around here, yet. But there are rumors that such raids could happen soon. Casa Latina and other groups are holding workshops, to deal with the fears and help people know their rights. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The homeless-advocacy group SHARE wants the city to stop evicting unofficial homeless encampments. (KOMO)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Republican legislators want to not only repeal new transgender restroom rules (allowing people to use the restroom that fits their self-identified gender), but to allow/force schools to enforce this repeal by "genital inspection." So much for small government. (Olympian)

There's another state-government computer glitch. This one's delaying business-tax refunds. (KCPQ)

TODAY IN CRIME

The current Miss Washington USA, who also plays on Kent's "lingerie football" team, is implicated (but not yet charged) in last month's stabbing injury of a Sounders player. She'd previously had a DUI. She resigned her crown Thursday. (Vice) (KCPQ)

Back in 2011, City Light workers secretly used surveillance cams to catch restaurant employees dumping used cooking grease into one of the utility's underground vaults. Privacy advocates are now criticizing the action. (KOMO)

THE PAST ISN'T PAST

Timber heir George Weyerhaeuser, now 80, recalls having been the Northwest's first celebrity kidnapping victim at age 9. (KUOW) 

SIC TRANSIT

Bothell, Shoreline, Kenmore, and Lake Forest Park—their civic bosses all love themselves some bus rapid transit. (Seattle Transit Blog)

Remember the Waterfront Streetcar? Three of the vintage Australian electric streetcars are being sold to St. Louis. There'll be a fundraising drive to preserve and bring back the other two. (KING)

POLICING THE POLICE

The Seattle Police citizen-watchdog group says the dept. isn't doing enough to hire more minorities. (Crosscut)

The head of SPD's Mounted Patrol Unit resigned in lieu of being fired, after being accused of taking department-owned hay, tools, and an ATV for personal use, and changing clothes in the women's locker room. (PI.com)

RUN FOR THE BORDER

The Canadian "loonie" has fallen to 70 cents on the U.S. dollar. Time for some bargain tourism, perhaps? (KIRO-TV)

THE BIG A

Amazon's getting into the trans-Pacific shipping biz. (Engadget)

 THE LAZY B

Could Boeing's quickly-agreed tentative contact with union engineers be the work of a new CEO who, unlike the last few, has Seattle-area ties? (PS Biz Journal)

BIZ/ECONOMY

BusinessInsider.com put Washington on top of a list of "state economies." (HorsesAss)

Seattle's the epicenter of something called "scientific wellness." Apparently that involves diagnoses and treatment plans based on "big data" analysis. (PS Biz Journal)

Seattle sports-drink company Golazo is bankrupt and folding. Insert your own comparisons to the IFC show "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" here. (PS Biz Journal)

R.I.P.

Dr. William B. Cate, 91, ran the Church Council of Greater Seattle in the 1970s and '80s. He led drives against the racist "redlining" of Seattle residential neighborhoods, and co-founded Seattle's first food-bank organization. (Joel Connelly)

SPORTS

The Seahawks' next stop on the road to Super Bowl 50: Carolina, Sunday morning (apparently with Marshawn Lynch).

UW men's basketball got crushed by Arizona, 99-67. At Arizona State Saturday.

UW women's basketball at home vs. UCLA tonight and USC Sunday.

Gonzaga lost in the last minutes to BYU, 69-68. Home vs. San Diego Saturday.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with speaker Marcus Green. (Mount Zion Baptist Church, noon Fri)

Seattle Symphony's Baroque & Wine series with music from Handel, Pergolesi, and Vivaldi. (Benaroya Hall, Fri-Sat)

"14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival" continues. (ACT Theatre, Fri-Sat) 

Bushwick Book Club presents songs based on "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." (Hugo House, Fri)

Seattle StorySLAM, hosted by Lindy West. (St. Mark's, Fri)

Lushy. (Rigoletto, Fri) 

Shrinky Dinks art show. (Push/Pull, Ballard, Fri) 

Malaa, Parisian producer/DJ. (Q Nightclub, Fri)

Film "Saturday Night Fever." (Central Cinema, Fri)

All-Star Women's Blues Jam. (Spinnaker Bay Brewing Co., Fri)

SNOMID, Vance Galloway. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Opening of "The False Spectator," installation piece by California artist Joan Tanner. (Suyama Space, Fri)

"Vertical Cabaret/Wine Flight," wine tasting with burlesque and aerial performances. (Rendezvous, Fri)

Comedian Andy Kindler. (El Corazon, Fri)

Descendents/Fugazi tribute night. (Chop Suey, Fri)

Bowie tribute night. (Victrola on 15th, Fri) 

Rustycon 33, science fiction/fantasy convention. (Airport Hilton, Sat-Sun)

Shawn Colvin. (Triple Door, Sat-Sun)

Model Railroad Show. (Pacific Science Center, Sat-Mon)

Tom Price Desert Classic, Riffbrokers, Tales form the Birdbath. (El Corazon, Sat)

Bellevue World Taiko Festival. (Meydenbauer Center, Sat)

David Bowie tribute/singalong hosted by Jim Basnight. (Highline, Sat)

Red Pine, "translator of Chinese poetic and spiritual texts." (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sat) 

1977 Italian film "Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century." (Scarecrow Video, Sat)

Research series presents Detroit DJ Mike Huckaby. (Kremwerk, Sat)

Stelth Ulvang (the Lumineers), Nick Jaina, Shenandoah Davis. (Columbia City Theater, Sat)

Hollow Earth Radio fundraiser with Sic Ill, Dreamdecay, Boyfriends, DoNormaal. (Black Lodge, Sat)

1234, Los Peligrosos, Swedish Finnish. (Darrell's, Sat)

Free days at Washington State Parks. (Sun-Mon)

KEXP "Expansions" MLK Unity Celebration. (Columbia City Theater, Sun)

Gotta Have Soul! Sundays. (Chop Suey, Sun)

"Passage: MLK Edition." (Kremwerk, Sun)

Opening of "Great Northern," sculptor Rick Araluce's scale model of the downtown Seattle rail tunnel's southern entrance. (MadArt, Sun)

Sophistifunk, Brass Monkeys. (Nectar, Sun)

Venom Inc., Necrophagia, Lesbian, Wounded Giant. (Neumos, Sun)

Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Sugar Candy Mountain, Fruit Juice. (Sunset, Sun)

Show Me the Body, Clayface. (Vera Project, Sun)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Exigent"

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